Moll Flanders Author:Daniel Defoe The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, who was born in Newgate adn during a life of continued variety for Three-score years, beisdes her childhood, was twelve years a whore, five times a wife (whereof once to her own brother), twelve years a theif, eight years a transported felon in Virginia, at last grew rich , lived honest a... more »nd died a pentient. Written from her own memorandums.
"... among the few English novels which we can call indisputably great . . . From the very first the peculiar geniou of the author asserts itself, and avoids the obvious danger of the novel of adventure. He makes us understand that Moll Flanders was a woman on her own account and not only material for a succession of adventures . . . like all Defoe's women, she is a person of robust understanding . . . she has a spirit that loves to breast the storm. She delights in the exercise of her own powers . . . Heartless she is not, nor can any one charge her with levity; but life delights her, and a heroine who lives has us all in tow." (Virgiana Woolf)« less